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Death to Christmas Sweaters

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar

Chess and Benjamin are casual lovers, each hiding his devotion to the other and his wish for more. But Chess is a wealthy playboy who—Benjamin believes—will never settle down. And Chess is sure, with the way Benjamin keeps him at arm’s length, that he can’t be interested in getting serious.

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ebook, 1st Edition, 56 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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**3.5 stars**

Death to Christmas sweaters (yes, the tittle makes sense – just imagine getting a reindeer or snowflake sweater every year for Christmas, LOL !) is a Friends-with-benefits to lover romance happening during Christmas time and Christmas celebrations between Chess, a rich play-boy and Benjamin, a more taciturn guy.

It was difficult for me to fully understand not the characters but what united them and their reluctance to share their feelings and fear of unreciprocating love. It’s the
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3 Hearts

If you like friends to lovers stories, then I don’t think many will find too much fault. As per the blurb, both Chess and Benjamin have been casually (but exclusively) hooking up with each other for months - both wanting more but both convinced the other doesn’t.

What this excels at is the descriptive writing in regards to the guys’ thoughts and what they admire and what they feel and what they do. *wink*

What this doesn’t succeed so well at is the choppy flow, nor the multitude of events
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 stars! Interesting premise, rambling narration, too many characters (for a novella), flimsy emotion and low steam... Disappointing and a waste of time. 🙄😬
2.5 Stars

Friends and year-long casual f*ck buddies Ben and Chess both want more from there “relationship” but don’t know how to tell the other. There is a lot of assuming going on here, with Ben assuming Chess will forever be a playboy, and Chess assuming Ben only wants a casual thing with him.

When Ben’s parents show up for Christmas in LA and try to convince him to marry a girl back home in England, Chess is motivated to proclaim his true feelings for Ben, in front of their gathered families a
Sushi (寿司)
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
First all I want to say thanks to Arezia who helped me to translate some words.
The author has to explain me as they can do all they do in the shower if this shower is very small. This shower is so small it is very hard to stay two people inside but Benjamin bites Chess' ass. Or I read bad, since I am not a native, or they are contortionists. Oo
By the way I think the writing of this author is contorted. Sometimes I have to re-read the same words more than one time to understand.
Also as not native
Chess and Benjamin have a "casually exclusive" relationship and each man secretly wishes for something more ... yet they have never talked about this and just automatically assume each is happy with their fuck-buddies situation. Aarrgh .... use your words!

In any case, Chess' mother pulls rank and calls in all her unwilling children to celebrate Christmas with her and their Great Aunt Beatrice. But when Chess and Benjamin pick up Beatrice at LAX, it turns out she has befriended Benjamin's parent
Serena Yates
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, holiday, read-2018
One of the things most dangerous to any relationship, but especially when love is involved, is when the people involved are not honest about what they really want. Chess and Benjamin in this story are perfect examples - both men make assumptions about what the other wants and are afraid to open up regarding their own needs. This almost leads to catastrophe – except it is Christmas and I was hoping for a little (or maybe actually a pretty big) miracle.

Chess is the son of a socialite, hates his fa
3.5 stars

Chess is an outgoing playboy who is currently casually dating a calmer and more placid Benjamin – but Chess silently wishes the relationship to be more serious, he’s just not sure if Ben is interested in that. Meanwhile, Ben is worried that he’s not enough for Chess, the way Chess seems to keep living the merry gay life, and he struggles to keep his heart intact.

Then their family members come to town, and there’s gathering for Christmas… and well, things are going out in the open whethe
3.5 Stars

BFF’s with Benefits who finally figure it out is one of my favorite tropes and when it happens around the holidays it basically wraps my trope up with a big pretty bow. The family drama went in a different direction than I expected and I ended up really loving Chess’ family and it was a sweet twist that added a lot to the story and to my appreciation of Chess overall. I really felt for Benjamin and everything he kept bottled up and what that did to him and his ability to accept the happ
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, dsp, holiday, mm

When a communication is not the prime skill of some people, the relationship is at risk.
It happened to Chess and Benjamin. For years.
It's always casual, Chess thought. It's casual, Benjamin thought of Chess.
Instead of talking to each other, they're assuming. And assumption without the real communication is wrong in so many levels.
There's also things with Benjamin traditional family, create a little tiny drama, but i think it was finally ended well enough with the father.
And as for Chess and Benj
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this one. Both clueless to how much each other wants with the other, until family almost brings them apart. But love brings them back together along with the reminder that family isn't always blood. A sweet story.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a cute short story. Both Chess and Benjamin are likeable, if somewhat bland and predictable. The story takes Chess and Benjamin from skittish ‘friends with benefits’ to a committed HEA. I found it hard to trust the HEA when Benjamin kept going hot and cold on Chess - who was still partying hard at the start of the book. It’s Chess’ Aunt Beatrice who steals the story. She’s a little bit Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Death to Christmas Sweaters by L.E. Franks
3 stars
M/M Romance - friends to lovers
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Chess and Benjamin have been friends forever. They have a great group of friends and they normally have a fun holiday trip with them each year. The main issue is that neither Chess nor Benjamin believe that they can have anything other than what they have.

Chess knows that he wants more, but with Benjamin's flirty nature, Chess believes that Benjamin will neve
Ruthie Taylor
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~


This short story packs in a lot of issues - and maybe could have had a few less side threads going on, and still been a well rounded story.

I enjoyed the humour, particularly when the British contingent arrived at an unexpected joint celebration. It also ensured that private thoughts had to be revealed, and the two men finally did some straight talking.

It was a good Christmassy read, reminding me of the many ways i
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, holiday, m-m, on-my-kindle
There’s nothing worse, in my opinion, than being in a relationship where serious emotions are involved but feeling unable to define what the relationship is and how much it means to the other person. Chess and Benjamin have got a giant case of miscommunication and unless one, or the other, takes it upon himself to clarify what they truly are to each other and risk possible rejection, neither man is going to be really happy.

“Chase once called them casually exclusive, and Benjamin had never muste
Both Chess and Benjamin have been "casually" seeing each other, hooking up for the past year...and keeping their true feelings for each other hidden. Benjamin has gotten to the point that he can't keep pretending, thinking that Chess will tire of him over time, and he comes to the conclusion that he has to somehow end their "arrangement" and not go to Aspen with Chess and their friends.

Only his ill-conceived plans and Chess's plans to thwart Benjamin's plans are blown up when Chess's Great Aunt
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Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Roberta

his was a cute Friends with Benefits/Lovers book. I really enjoyed the author’s use of the inner thoughts of her characters. For that part, I could see/feel where the characters were coming from. Where their conflict lay.

The blurb actually gives a great overview of what this story is about. That these two men who are exclusively dating and really don’t even see it. That they both want the forever relationship with each other, but they both say nothing to the other. Benjamin th
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-compilation
Here we have two MCs, who are in love with each other and who want to spend their lives together. At least in theory. Both, Benjamin and Chess, pass a lot of time in their own heads musing over their relationship and what they think the other one is looking for. What they don't do is talk.
As if that wasn't enough, there is some drama from both sides of their families, which was overkill. The tale only had 56 pages, how much story can you pack into it? I could have seen everything working out be
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A sweet shirt of bringing together a couple through the holidays and family mishaps. Though Chess and Benjamin have been together for near to a year neither feels confident enough to truly say they are together. It is the classic suffering of a fear to communicate, which is always a bit annoying, but suffers in a short from not having a clear reason why. Also the relatively swift resolution for the sake of keeping it short doesn't quite let the story run its course instead calling it off. It has ...more
Amy Dufera
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
LE Franks' Death To Christmas Sweaters is a pleasant, feel-good Christmas romance.

Chess and Benjamin have been friends with benefits for a while, but Benjamin is ready to break things off, as he wants more.

It's a short novella, only 56 pages, but it packs a lot of merriment into those pages. The family will have you laughing, and the young men will be sure to entertain you as they try to figure out their future.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick, entertaining read that fulfills the warmest wishes brief.
Chess and Benjamin both want more than they think the other wants.
Enter a Great Aunt from the UK in full battleship mode and Benjamin’s parents, also over from the UK to getBen to settle down with a girl they have chosen.
It is all brought to a head by christmas sweaters of all things!
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Super sweet. 3.5/5
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I really enjoyed this story. Chess and Benjamin are both vulnerable in different ways but really want the other more than what they feel they have. Chess may not act as though he has any insecurities but he really hides himself from the world and shows himself as carefree. Benjamin is scared of losing Chess but also his parents but when push comes to shove he stands his ground. I really liked these two together a
Katy Beth Mckee
The outcome to this story makes ultimately a fun look at what happens when cultures collide. Especially when you add in a side of family drama.
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